Shane Byrne (motorcyclist)

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Shane 'Shakey' Byrne
Shane Byrne in 2013 cropped.JPG
Byrne at Oulton Park British Superbikes in 2013
Nationality British
Born (1976-12-10) 10 December 1976 (age 41)
Lambeth, London
Current team Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team
Bike number 67
Website shakey.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2004-2005
ManufacturersAprilia, Proton-KTM, Honda
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
20 0 0 0 0 24
Superbike World Championship
Active years20022003, 20092010
ManufacturersDucati
Championships0
2010 championship position10th (169 pts) BSB
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
54 2 3 0 1 395
British Superbike Championship
Active years19992003,20062008,2011–present
Championships6 (2003, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
2016 championship position1st (669 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
324 76 94 0 0 0

Shane Byrne (born 10 December 1976 in Lambeth, London),[1] often known as Shakey, is a British motorcycle road racer. He is a six-time champion of the British Superbike Championship (2003,[2] 2008,[3] 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017), the only person in the history of the series to win six titles. He has also been a race winner in the Superbike World Championship[4] and has competed in MotoGP.[5]

The oldest rider competing in the 2018 British Superbike series,[6] Byrne suffered serious injuries involving multiple fractures to his upper body after crashing during a test at Snetterton Circuit in May when placed third in the championship.[7] He was successfully treated at Norwich University Hospital and confirmed the extent of his injuries via social media.[8]

Early days[edit]

While working as a road tester for Colin Schiller's Fast Bikes magazine, Shakey participated in track days on a Ducati 996 SPS at a wet Oulton Park. He caught the attention of Paul Bird, his future boss.

Shakey emerged in the British Superbike Championship in 1999, initially on a private Kawasaki. In 2001 he finished eighth in the championship onboard the performance house Suzuki, which was raced in the world Superbike Championship in 1997 by the Harris brothers and is now being restored back to this specification. Byrne had five top-five finishes in the 2001 season and was champion of the Cup for privateers; he was the privateer winner in 22 races out of 26.[9]

Early Success[edit]

In 2002, he was signed by Mark Griffiths at Renegade Ducati to ride alongside Michael Rutter. He also achieved his first British Superbike Championship win in the first race of round three at Donington Park after a race-long battle with Steve Plater on the Virgin Yamaha[10]. At the end of 2002 he joined Paul Bird at MonsterMob Ducati controversially replacing reigning champion Steve Hislop[11]. He stunned the paddock by storming to a string of wins, taking the title with ease. He impressed further by achieving a double win at Brands Hatch for the British round of the Superbike World Championship.

MotoGP[edit]

Shakey riding a Proton KTM at the 2005 British Grand Prix

For 2004 he joined fellow Brit Jeremy McWilliams in MotoGP with Aprilia,[12] although he missed several races because of injury. He spent much of 2005 racing for Kenny Roberts' team on a KTM bike,[13] before they were forced to pull out due to an internal dispute between the chassis and engine manufacturers.[14] He raced in Malaysia and Qatar for Camel Honda, replacing the injured Troy Bayliss. But after finishing 14th and 13th, Shakey did not impress Honda and was replaced by Chris Vermeulen.[15]

Back to Britain 1[edit]

For 2006 he returned to the British Superbike Championship with Rizla Suzuki squad.[16] His first podium came in Race Seven despite suffering a severe stomach virus that weekend. He missed Races 11 and 12 after a 187 mph crash caused by a brake failure; he was not seriously injured. At Knockhill he qualified second and followed with a second place finish in Race One. The team's first win of the season came in Race Two. This was despite the team's bikes having been stolen and dumped in a barn alongside horse manure the previous week. At the final round of the season he was running third when he highsided, being knocked out in the process. Although he again escaped serious injury, he was unable to compete in the final race of the year, which meant he slipped from fourth to sixth in the championship standings.[17]

For 2007, Shakey was reunited with his former Monstermob boss, Paul Bird, who was now running the Stobart Vent-Axia team, a privateer team using the 1000cc Honda Fireblade. The Honda was competitive from the start, giving Byrne more opportunities to fight at the front. He finished fifth overall, with a win, a pole position, and nine further podiums.[18]

For the 2008 British Superbike Championship, Shakey competed for the Airwaves Ducati squad on a Ducati 1098 alongside Leon Camier.[19] The combo was immediately dominant. Shakey won three of the opening four races. In the second race at Oulton Park he went wide on Lap One, dropping to 13th place, but he fought back. Almost immediately after he passed Cal Crutchlow for third place, Leon Haslam hit Tom Sykes, giving Shakey the lead. This race was stopped four laps early after several riders, including Crutchlow and Karl Harris fell. In Race Two at Snetterton he was held up by a crash involving Harris on Lap One, dropping to 13th position before fighting back for the win. He finished each of the first 14 races on the podium, often coming through the field after poor starts.

World Superbikes[edit]

Twenty-four hours after clinching the British Superbike Championship, Shakey confirmed that he would compete in the 2009 World Superbike Championship with the Sterilgarda Ducati team along with Alex Polita.[20] This was his first full-time World Superbike Championship, although he has made successful wild card appearances in the past.[21] Shakey became Sterilgarda Ducati's sole rider in February (due to apparent financial problems forcing Polita out) and recorded his first podium with the team in second place in the first race at the San Marino round of the Championship.

Due to financial problems, the Sterilgarda team failed to announce its intention to compete in the 2010 Superbike World Championship season, leaving Shakey without a confirmed ride for 2010. In November 2009, Shakey announced that he had signed with the Althea Racing team for the 2010 season. He raced alongside former Honda rider Carlos Checa.[22] He was well behind Checa in performance and had no top-five finishes by midseason. He said he was "bitterly disappointed" with the season as a whole.[23]

Back to Britain 2[edit]

Shakey returned to the British Superbike Championship in 2011 with Lincolnshire-based HM Plant Honda alongside Japanese rider and three-time British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.

In 2012 Shakey made a return to Paul Bird Motorsport along with Stuart Easton.

In 2016, the Paul Bird Motorsport team switched from Kawasaki machinery to Ducati. Shakey competed in British Superbike Championship on a fully factory supported Ducati Panigale R sponsored by Be Wiser Insurance.[24]

Torrens Trophy[edit]

Shane Bryne was awarded the prestigious Torrens Trophy in 2014 in recognition of his winning multiple British Superbike Championships.

Personal life[edit]

Shakey married Czech-national, Petra, in November 2010. The couple have two children and share their time between homes in Kent and Spain.

Career statistics[edit]

Stats correct as of 19 October 2014

By championship[edit]

British Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3 R1 R2
2006 Suzuki BHI
6
BHI
11
DON
5
DON
NC
THR
5
THR
8
OUL
2
OUL
3
MON
C
MON
C
MAL
4
MAL
5
SNE
SNE
KNO
2
KNO
1
OUL
4
OUL
5
CRO
5
CRO
4
CAD
4
CAD
Ret
SIL
Ret
SIL
4
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
DNS
6th 224 [17]
2007 Honda BHGP
4
BHGP
13
THR
4
THR
3
SIL
Ret
SIL
Ret
OUL
6
OUL
3
SNE
Ret
SNE
3
MON
2
MON
2
KNO
4
KNO
5
OUL
2
OUL
3
MAL
1
MAL
3
CRO
9
CRO
7
CAD
4
CAD
Ret
DON
3
DON
6
BHI
6
BHI
Ret
5th 293 [25]
2008 Ducati BHGP
C
BHGP
C
THR
1
THR
2
OUL
1
OUL
1
BHGP
1
BHGP
2
DON
1
DON
1
SNE
2
SNE
1
MAL
1
MAL
2
OUL
3
OUL
3
KNO
2
KNO
Ret
CAD
3
CAD
3
CRO
5
CRO
4
SIL
3
SIL
2
BHI
1
BHI
1
1st 474 [26]
2011 Honda BHI
1
BHI
3
OUL
6
OUL
3
CRO
Ret
CRO
1
THR
3
THR
1
KNO
3
KNO
2
SNE
3
SNE
4
OUL
4
OUL
C
BHGP
16
BHGP
1
BHGP
3
CAD
3
CAD
3
CAD
4
DON
4
DON
8
SIL
5
SIL
5
BHGP
6
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
3rd 625 [27]
2012 Kawasaki BHI
7
BHI
C
THR
4
THR
3
OUL
11
OUL
2
OUL
1
SNE
Ret
SNE
2
KNO
1
KNO
2
OUL
3
OUL
3
OUL
2
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
CAD
DNS
CAD
DNS
DON
DON
ASS
1
ASS
2
SIL
2
SIL
2
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
1st 683 [28]
2013 Kawasaki BHI
1
BHI
3
THR
1
THR
1
OUL
Ret
OUL
1
KNO
1
KNO
1
SNE
3
SNE
1
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
1
OUL
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
CAD
2
CAD
4
DON
2
DON
2
ASS
2
ASS
Ret
SIL
2
SIL
1
BHGP
3
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
3
2nd 636 [29]
2014 Kawasaki BHI
1
BHI
1
OUL
1
OUL
2
SNE
1
SNE
1
KNO
2
KNO
1
BHGP
2
BHGP
5
THR
2
THR
2
OUL
3
OUL
3
OUL
2
CAD
2
CAD
2
DON
2
DON
2
ASS
Ret
ASS
1
SIL
1
SIL
2
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
1st 6823 [30]
2015 Kawasaki DON
2
DON
1
BHI
2
BHI
2
OUL
3
OUL
Ret
SNE
1
SNE
1
KNO
1
KNO
1
BHGP
Ret
BHGP
2
THR
4
THR
2
CAD
6
CAD
4
OUL
1
OUL
Ret
OUL
1
ASS
4
ASS
5
SIL
2
SIL
5
BHGP
2
BHGP
2
BHGP
3
2nd 6623 [31]
2016 Ducati SIL
2
SIL
2
OUL
8
OUL
6
BHI
9
BHI
1
KNO
Ret
KNO
1
SNE
3
SNE
1
THR
1
THR
Ret
BHGP
1
BHGP
1
CAD
1
CAD
3
OUL
9
OUL
Ret
OUL
5
DON
1
DON
1
ASS
2
ASS
2
BHGP
6
BHGP
6
BHGP
3
1st 669
  • * Season still in progress
Notes[edit]
1.^ 2011/2012 - Byrne qualified for "The Showdown" part of the British Superbike Championship season, thus before the 11th round he was awarded 500 points, plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to any rider finishing first, second, or third with three, two, and one points awarded respectively.
2.^ 2013 - Byrne qualified for "The Showdown" part of the British Superbike Championship season, thus before the tenth round he was awarded 500 points, plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing first, second, or third with three, two, and one points awarded respectively.
3.^ 2014/2015 - Byrne qualified for "The Showdown" part of the British Superbike Championship season, thus before the tenth round he was awarded 500 points, plus the podium credits he had gained throughout the season. Podium credits are given to anyone finishing first, second, or third, with five, three, and one points awarded respectively.

Superbike World Championship[edit]

Pos Class Bike ESP
Spain
AUS
Australia
JPN
Japan
ITA
Italy
GER
Germany
GBR
United Kingdom
SMR
San Marino
USA
United States
GBR
United Kingdom
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2003 SBK Ducati 1 1 16th 50
Yr Class Team AUS
Australia
QAT
Qatar
SPA
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RSA
South Africa
USA
United States
SMR
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
CZE
Czech Republic
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2009 SBK Ducati Ret Ret 6 12 9 11 11 8 14 18 9 Ret 11 10 2 6 5 4 4 8 10 Ret Ret 7 8 7 4 4 8th 192 [32]
Pos Class Bike AUS
Australia
POR
Portugal
SPA
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
RSA
South Africa
USA
United States
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
Pos Pts Ref
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2010 SBK Ducati 14 12 6 7 Ret 8 9 8 13 9 15 13 6 7 9 7 12 9 9 8 9 10 8 6 9 8 10th 169 [33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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